Greytown was New Zealand's first planned inland town. It was bypassed by the railway and little development took place between 1920 and 1970. Consequentially there are many fine examples of colonial architecture set among the trees which have resulted from a planting tradition which dates back to New Zealand's first Arbor Day in 1890.

The small town (population about 2,000) claims to have the most complete main street of Victorian architecture in the country. It was named after Governor Sir George Grey, who arranged for the land to be bought from local Maori

Nearby Papawai Pa is a centre of Maori culture in the Wairarapa. In the late 19th century it was the focus of Kotahitanga, the Maori parliament movement.

The galleries, shops and café's along the main street of Greytown serve 'Weekenders' from Wellington as do a fine selection of B&Bs - many in delightful settings.

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    Gateway Papawai Pa
  • Former Greytown Library
    Former Greytown Library
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    Papawai Pa
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